The Birth of Modern Music Series Part 1: Arnold Schoenberg


This episode is the first in a series of European composers that start a change in music, paving the way for avant-garde and disruptive sounds from the classical minimalist genre, to punk and rock and roll we hear today.

We’ll start with Arnold Schoenberg, an Austrian composer who mapped out the coming modernist era. Schoenberg created new methods of musical composition involving atonality, serialism, and the 12-tone row. 

The dread Schoenberg’s music brought on the music community in the early 20th century no longer carries as much weight but at the time it threatened to and did change the way music was made.

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